Hyperlink Clearing House: Stoic Blogging EditionOctober 10, 2008 at 10:36 am | Posted in Misc. | 4 Comments
It’s a strange experience, blogging during the midst of a financial crisis, particularly when most of what you’re writing about doesn’t have any relevance to it. Whether it’s a post about homelessness, obesity or council tax, each one has a somewhat futile, oblivious air to it, as though you’re still writing about the world as it was before bank after hopeless bank began to break from all that bad debt. There’s this creeping sense of unease that by this time next year, everything you’ve written to date will have been rendered obsolete.
At the same time, whilst you can recognise that the developments of the past month will completely alter the way we live, the markets are in such a violent state of flux that it’s not really possible to write about this new era until there’s some semblance of stability and the true costs are known.
All of which is a pretty long-winded argument for why I’m carrying on regardless. So in the spirit of British stoicism, here’s some exceedingly good writing – which has absolutely nothing to do with the end of the world – for you to enjoy whilst capitalism eats itself.
- This article at The American Scholar traces the history of the phrase ‘the most important election ever’ and concludes that it’s hardly ever true. Yes, that includes 2008.
- Michael Kinsley describes yet another worrying example of John McCain blowing up at (literally) the slightest touch.
- In a move that’s sure to convince certain parts of the left that the Democratic nominee is naught but a hope-mongering good-for-nothing, Iain Dale falls off the tire-swing and endorses Obama.
- Marko Attila Hoare returns with a beautiful – if somewhat depressing – article on misogyny and fascism in Serbia, and the people brave enough to stand up to it.
- Mark Lawson smells the stench of anti-American snobbery in the Nobel Committee’s indefensible failure to award the prize for literature to either Philip Roth or John Updike, despite having produced between them at least eight of the greatest works of the post-war era.
- The New York Times visits The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne to talk about his crack-dealing neighbours and his “freaked-out druggie movie” about astronauts spending Christmas on a spacestation.
- If we were all living in America, most Brits would be regarded as functioning alcholics. It’s pretty sad that I can take that as a compliment…
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